The Stupidity Of Heritage Action
Close your eyes and imagine a world where the media finally begins to report that maybe, just maybe, Harry Reid was the reason why the government had shut down and the US was on the verge of defaulting on its debt obligations. (I know, I know. This is not the time to explain how the US really wasn’t going to default even if we passed the arbitrary October 17th deadline from Treasury. This is about the media narrative which was “ZOMG! Default!”) Imagine mega-hacks like Chuck Todd and Ezra Klein wondering aloud – as in publicly – why Harry Reid and Democrats were coming out against a House bill they hadn’t seen which, according to reports, wasn’t really that far off from what Reid was proposing.
Sit back and enjoy that brief moment of the message we’ve all been fighting to push to front and center finally breaking through.
Now get really pissed off. Because that moment happened yesterday morning.
Really surprised Dems are trying so hard to trash this House GOP plan as much publicly as they are. Again, not that diff from Sen compromise
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 15, 2013
When a hack like Chuck Todd starts scratching his head, that means other journalists are doing it too. And a lot of those other journalists aren’t ginormous hacks like Chuck Todd. They’ll actually report this stuff. After weeks of trying to convince people that Harry Reid might be the problem in this situation, the narrative was leaking in to the mainstream.
Then this happened. Watch the video. Charlie Rangel was parroting the Dem talking points and Banfield, who had also been scratching her head at how Dems were blocking a fairly reasonable bill, gets hostile with him.
Ezra Klein was even saying that the House Bill was a big improvement.
The House GOP’s shutdown deal is a big improvement http://t.co/Fe3yPU17NG
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 15, 2013
And yes, I know it’s Ezra Klein. And yes, I know that if he thinks it’s a big improvement, it’s probably not that great from our perspective. But the point is that Harry Reid was going to block it anyway. With two days to go before the arbitrary ZOMG! DEFAULT deadline, Harry Reid and Democrats were going to have to kill a bill that by all accounts was pretty reasonable.
We know the media is biased. But when a story drags on, the media needs a new angle. They get tired of reporting the same thing over and over. They go looking for a reason to rip on Republicans. We know this. And instead of using this to our advantage, we blew it.
Basically, there had been an absence of Republican stupidity for a few days. The House was passing bills and putting them in Harry Reid’s court. Reid was blocking them. The media had to begin reporting on why Reid and Democrats were still objecting to reasonable bills with ZOMG! DEFAULT! so close. And they were.
Then Heritage Action decided that Reid was feeling a little too much heat and John Boehner needed to be kneecapped. They issued a memo stating that anyone who voted for the House bill – which Reid was going to table anyway – faced a ding on their scorecard. A ding on the scorecard is bad. It can be used to attack from the right. It’s primary fodder. It hurts fundraising, etc. But keep in mind, the bill was DOA in the Senate. It was never going to become law.
But, Heritage Action won. Republicans bailed on the bill and it died an embarrassing death last night. For nothing.
Oh, I’m sorry. Not for nothing. Heritage Action, who just made Harry Reid look like the competent one in DC, gets to raise funds on successfully defeating the “RINOs” in Congress.
Today, instead of the headlines saying “One day to go and Reid tables House bill to reopen government” we have “House GOP defeated. Senate bill to reopen government and avoid default will pass.”
Thanks, Heritage Action. Harry Reid couldn’t have done it without you. Enjoy the parties!